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Foundational Principles


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By: Bill Kobren

Whether the problem is challenges in maintaining the U.S. public transportation infrastructure, or service restoration issues encountered by regional utility companies in the wake of severe weather, we are regularly reminded of fundamental truths that are well worth considering about long-term infrastructure sustainment (or, in our case, weapon systems sustainment) planning and execution.

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Call for Nominations for the 12th Annual Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Award

Bill Kobren

DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center (April 27, 2016)

DoD has issued a call for nominations for the 12th Annual Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics (PBL) Awards in an April 25, 2016, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) memorandum.

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Call for Nominations for the 4th Annual Secretary of Defense Product Support Manager (PSM) Award

Bill Kobren

DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center (April 27, 2016)

DoD Product Support Managers are being afforded another opportunity for well-deserved recognition and acknowledgement of the important contributions they are making supporting their warfighter customers, their life cycle logistics teams, their program managers, and their military services.

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Annual USD(AT&L) Acquisition Awards

Bill Kobren

DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center (May  6, 2016)

In a May 3, 2016, memorandum from the USD(AT&L) entitled, “Call for Nominations for the 2016 Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics Acquisition Awards,” he solicits nominations for the following DoD acquisition award programs:

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From Bill Kobren, DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center

AFMC Offers Professional Logistics Certification Programs (Jan. 13, 2016)

For those who may have missed it, let me call your attention to an Air Force Materiel Command Logistics Workforce Development Branch announcement from late last year entitled “AFMC Offers Professional Logistics Certification Programs.”

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From Bill Kobren, DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center

New PBL Contracting Strategies Training Now Available

(July 16, 2015)

DAU is pleased to announce the launch of our newest web-based life cycle logistics continuous learning module. Jointly developed by DAU life cycle logistics and the contracting subject matter experts, CLL 031, Performance Based Logistics (PBL) Contracting Strategies, addresses applicable contracting principles and practices so the learner understands how the logistician and contracting officer can best work together to ensure the effective implementation of Performance Based Logistics (PBL) strategies. Developed to directly support the Better Buying Power (BBP) 3.0 initiative to “ensure effective use of PBL,” CLL 031 provides a foundation on the basic support, contracting concepts, and business practices inherent in developing and implementing effective and successful PBL arrangements. Workforce members from both functional communities, as well as others who are engaged with developing or implementing PBL product support arrangements (PSA) are encouraged to take advantage of this newly deployed training. Learn more about CLL 031 at http://icatalog.dau.mil/onlinecatalog/courses.aspx?crs_id=2064.


 

New Army “Type Classification, Materiel Release, Fielding, and Transfer” Regulation

(July 21, 2015)

For our colleagues in the Army life cycle logistics community, in case you have not already seen it, the Army issued a newly updated version of Army Regulation 700–142 “Type Classification, Materiel Release, Fielding, and Transfer” on June 2, 2015. The changes contained in this major revision to Army policy include:

  • Adds strategic satellite communications systems (table 1-1).
  • Adds the Army Enterprise System Integration Program as the system to coordinate nonstandard line item numbers (para. 2-14g).
  • Adds policy on using risk management for materiel fielded by another Service or Agency (para. 4-2e).
  • Revises the urgent materiel release policy to allow the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7 to approve the missions that an urgent materiel release can support (para. 4-10).

 

New DoD Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Guide for Defense Acquisition Programs

(July 23, 2015)

Risk Management is one of those foundational activities that is vitally important, ubiquitous, and spans the system acquisition process, encompassing every functional community in the process. To enhance workforce knowledge and improve implementation across the department, the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Systems Engineering recently issued a new June 2015 “Department of Defense Risk, Issue, and Opportunity Management Guide for Defense Acquisition Programs.”

Let me encourage all life cycle logisticians and product support managers to take the time to read through this important new guidebook (http://www.acq.osd.mil/se/docs/RIO-Guide-Jun2015.pdf), and take the time to consider how best the processes and procedures outlined therein can be systematically applied to your own programs.

DAU also offers a number of learning assets that address risk management, many of which are in the process of being updated to reflect the contents of the updated guidebook. Just a few of DAU risk management learning assets include:

  • CLB 024 Cost Risk Analysis Introduction
  • CLM 017 Risk Management
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF) for DoD Information Technology (IT) ACQuipedia Article
  • Risk Assessment ACQuipedia Article

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From Bill Kobren, DAU Director, Logistics & Sustainment Center

ACQ 315 Prerequisite and Logistics Level I Training Updates (Jan. 22, 2015)

For Life Cycle Logisticians who may have experienced challenges registering for the ACQ 315, Understanding Industry (Business Acumen) classroom course due to the requirement to have already completed LOG 350, the prerequisite was recently updated to reflect LOG 340 Life Cycle Product Support instead. This was done for two reasons—first, because LOG 340 is a more appropriate prerequisite for this particular ACQ 315 course, and second, to provide students greater flexibility and simplify the sequencing of Level III Life Cycle Logistics DAWIA certification requirements when choosing ACQ 315 as one of your Level III “choose one of four” pick-list courses.

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Defense AT&L: May – June 2015


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Performance-Based Logistics: A Readiness Strategy Tailor Made for Austere Times


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Author: Bill Kobren

In November 2012, the Department of Defense (DoD) identified “increas[ing] the use of performance-based logistics [PBL]” as a key initiative in support of DoD’s goal to incentivize productivity in industry and government, saying, “There is sufficient data on the effectiveness of PBL at reducing cost and improving support performance to conclude that if it is effectively implemented and managed, PBL yields significant benefits. Key activities include increasing the knowledge base of PBL through standard processes, tools, and training.”

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